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Old 08-22-2009, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My budget is $1000, willing to go up a hundred or so if the performance is really that much of a change. I came up with this so far and would really appreciate some input and changes if needed

DvD Drive
Newegg.ca - HP Black 24X DVD+R SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Burner LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners

Case
Newegg.ca - RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Computer Cases

HDD
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Motherboard
Newegg.ca - ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Videocard
Newegg.ca - POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-PH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

RAM
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5C - Desktop Memory
I'm getting 2 of those, making a total of 8GB

CPU
Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

PSU
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

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Old 08-22-2009, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stay away from the regular Phenom's, they're not too great. Here is a pretty good build:

Mobo: Newegg.ca - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

CPU: Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Vid Card: Newegg.ca - XFX HD-489A-ZDEC Radeon HD 4890 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

RAM: Newegg.ca - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G10664GK - Desktop Memory

PSU: Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

HDD: Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Drive: Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners

case is personal preference. Total comes out to $925.36 after tax and shipping.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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edit: ah nvm, i was gonna say hes buying from canada, you caught it though.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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^just noticed. edited

edit: ya, put the build together and was like oops... lol
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the build burninator

Just wondering, is it better to spend the extra money and upgrade the RAM now? I know 8GB is overkill for most uses, but does windows 7 require alot more?
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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no. 8gigs would be a waste of money. 4gigs is plenty.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, I think more RAM = more performance is one of the most common myths. On older pc's thats true usually because its a pre-built and thats pretty much all you can upgrade easily. I've got 4gb and multitask like crazy, with EVE and age of empires 3 running along with some safari pages it gets up to about 60-70%.
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